Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Performing Arts

Study the performing arts while you nurture your artistic individuality on this practical course.

Performing Arts

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Learn more about your current artistic interests as you draw from a range of disciplines as inspiration for your project work
  • Develop your passion, whether that’s for creative text writing, dance, acting or directing
  • Use project work to explore your particular area of interest
  • Enhance your practical performance skills and confidence in your ability to create performance work through weekly technique classes and creative workshops
  • Undertake a professional placement during your second year
  • Showcase your third-year work in front of professional artists and producers at the Leeds School of Arts annual festival

Leeds is home to hundreds of professional theatre collectives, dance companies and arts festivals so you’ll be surrounded by a vibrant creative community and an exciting range of performance work.

We’ll support you in setting up your second-year professional placement. You could spend a semester learning alongside and networking with one of the many artistic companies in Leeds or you could choose to travel abroad to work for an international organisation. Our students have previously completed placements at Company Chameleon in Manchester, BMotion Festival in Bassano del Grappa, Italy and with theatre company Third Angel based in Sheffield.

All of the staff teaching on your course are practising artists, which means our teaching is based on real professional experience. You’ll also have the chance to attend additional workshops delivered by external artists and companies. 

Our partnerships with organisations such as Compass Live Art Festival and Yorkshire Dance will give you the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers at the top of their field.

You’ll have access to specialist studio spaces used by professional artists at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance as well as our own studios at our picturesque Headingley Campus.

See examples of work from previous students by visiting the Leeds School of Arts festival site.

Why study Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Second-year professional placement working in industry
  2. Courses taught by practising artists
  3. Workshops and guest lectures delivered by external artists at the top of their field
  4. Partnerships with organisations such as Compass Live Art Festival and Yorkshire Dance
  5. Access to an industry standard theatre, performance studios and a host of other performing arts facilities in the new £80-million Leeds School of Arts Building

Lift Off Festival 2022: Performing Arts and Theatre & Performance Students discuss their final year performances, which take place in front of a live audience at Leeds School of Arts’ annual Lift Off Festival.